Assistant Attorney General – Air Quality Unit


Natural Resources
Position Number:
LAA 09893
Salary Range:
$7,100.00 - $9,000.00 Monthly
Apply By:
Wednesday, August 31, 2022, 11:59 pm
Work Unit:
Air Quality
Job Location:
1300 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203 - Hybrid Work Options
Release Date:
Tuesday, August 16, 2022
Employment Type:
Position Type:

Find a rewarding career making a difference: Join the Office of the Attorney General!

The Natural Resources and Environment Section, Air Quality Unit is seeking an experienced attorney with a passion for protecting Colorado’s air quality.  This attorney will represent one or more of several client agencies within the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Our team works side-by-side with the client agencies on some of the most complex and critical environmental issues, with special attention to disproportionately impacted communities and environmental justice. Colorado is a national leader on critical air quality issues such as climate change and ozone control.  Few law practices offer a comparable opportunity to work on cutting edge issues affecting the state, the country and the world, all while accommodating work-life balance.


This position is part of the Natural Resources and Environment Section’s Air Quality Unit.  This Unit is responsible for providing all legal services to the Colorado Energy Office, the Community Access Enterprise, the Building Performance Standards Task Force, the Low Income Energy Assistance Commission, the Model Energy Code Board, the Department of Public Health & Environment’s Air Pollution Control Division, Air Quality Control Commission, Clean Fleet Enterprise, and the Air Quality Enterprise, the Environmental Justice Liaison, the Environmental Justice Unit and the Environmental Justice Advisory Board, . The Air Quality Unit is currently made up of 13 people, which includes both lawyers and paralegals. It is a diverse team of individuals who work collaboratively to support one another in the work we do.


As the newest member of the Air Quality team, you will provide counsel to our clients on a broad range of complex issues related to the administration of air quality programs.  You will advise and represent the Division in rulemakings before the Air Quality Control Commission. You will manage complex settlement negotiations and represent client agencies in administrative and civil litigation. You will have the opportunity to work with experienced litigators, and lead litigation. You will also advise our clients on a broad array of matters including, but not limited to enabling legislation, administrative procedure, open meetings and open records issues, and enterprise governance.  You will support the DOL’s legislative and rule review process.


This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in the Department of Law.


Salary note: Although a salary range is listed, salary will be set commensurate with the successful candidate’s qualifications and in compliance with the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act.



Applicants must:

  • Be admitted to the Colorado bar or be clearly eligible to waive into the Colorado Bar and be in good standing at the time of application. Candidates eligible to waive into the Colorado Bar will be required to submit proof of their completed application before the first day of employment
  • Be passionate and enthusiastic about having a career in environmental law and air quality regulation.
  • Understand or be interested in learning the unique impacts of climate change and air pollution on historically underserved communities.
  • Be willing to periodically travel within the State.

Our ideal candidate will:

  • Have experience in environmental regulatory enforcement, rulemakings, or Federal Clean Air Act compliance.
  • Have litigation experience.
  • Be a multi-dimensional thinker and creative problem solver who enjoys coming up with practical and imaginative solutions.
  • Be a self-starter and goal-oriented person who is comfortable working both independently and collaboratively.
  • Be resourceful and take the initiative to learn the subject matter and to grow professionally.
  • Be a strong writer and have keen attention to detail.
  • Have excellent analytical and communication skills.
  • Utilize good judgment in working with clients and colleagues.
  • Be capable of independently managing a full workload and working well with technically- and legally sophisticated clients.


Conditions of employment:

  • Applicants must pass a thorough background investigation prior to appointment.
  • Effective September 20, 2021, employees will be required to attest to and verify whether or not they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Employees who have not been fully vaccinated may be required to submit to serial testing in the future. Upon hire, new employees will have three (3) business days to provide attestation to their status with proof of vaccination. Vaccinated employees must provide proof of vaccination. 

Note: Fully Vaccinated means two (2) weeks after a second dose in a two-dose series of the COVID-19 vaccine, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two (2) weeks after the single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine, as defined by the most recent State of Colorado’s Public Health Order and current guidance issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment. 


Please view the full job announcement for more information and to apply online.

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